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Oct 13, 2015, 09:06 am Last Edit: Oct 13, 2015, 09:17 am by LarryD
FYI, I would like to pass on a trick which I use to make stripped wire lengths.
I have used the OK industries ST-100 wire stripping tool for some time and purchased a second tool a few months back. (I got my 2nd tool at Amazon for ~$50. Blades are ~$20)
Even though the tool was designed for wire wrapping jobs, I use this stripper for normal stranded wire stripping.
The tool shown has an integrated wire cutter and two position stripping blade. I mainly use the 22 and 24 AWG blade. Other blades are: 24 and 26 or the 28 and 30 AWG blades.
When I need to make one or more stripped wires, I place the unstripped wire in the tool as shown in image #3. You can then cut the wire with the pinch cutter and finally pull the wire to remove a length of insulation, see image #4. You can, of course, remove as little or as much insulation by adjusting the wire position in the tool.
I then position the wire in the tool so another length of insulation is cut. While still in the tool, the insulation is slid towards the previously stripped end, see image #5.  This is repeated until you have something like what is seen in image #6. Next, grasp the wire length and give several rotations to each section to lock the strands together. At this point you can use a soldering iron to tin the bared sections. Finally, you cut the individual lengths as seen in image #8.
The whole process takes about 30 seconds.

What is great about this tool is NONE of the strands get accidentally cut or nicked.


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I've found that a regular 'ol wire stripper usually works best.

With some types of insulation you can hold a pair of diagonal cutters partly open and pull the wire through the small part of the "V" at an angle.   It takes some practice but it's really quick, and that's how I do it 90% of the time.  It doesn't make a clean cut in the insulation (you are mostly tearing it) but it's usually acceptable, especially with PVC insulation.   

When I was a kid I used my teeth!   :D :D  I decided that was a bad idea because someday I might stick a "hot" wire into my mouth and electrocute myself.    ...It's probably not good for your teeth either.

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